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      05.09.2013 15:55

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      Would really strongly recommend!

      I never thought I'd find a foundation that genuinely lasts. I have a pretty high pressure job that means I really don't ever get five seconds to touch up my makeup throughout the day. So anything that claims to last longer than an hour without shine is a plus!

      It's a really simple little pump mechanism, distributes just the right amount of the formula onto your finger. It blends really easily, however the shade I had appeared slightly chalky compared to my skin until I blended it with a brush. It didn't offer great coverage against blemishes, but that was easily corrected with concealer. Oddly, it also left my skin feeling touchable and soft without that sort of *too much face paint* finish. It just looked quite dewy and natural.

      And it does last! I managed to forget about my skin all day, and by ten that evening, it looked like I'd just applied it. There was no shine, it was still totally matt!

      Would really recommend to anyone, especially those who don't have time for makeup touch ups!

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      05.09.2013 15:47

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      Would strongly recommend

      Honestly this may be one of my favourite shampoos of all time, it has a gorgeous scent, texture, and leaves hair beautifully soft. I didn't get the glossy finish promised by the advert... but this time I'm not complaining!

      The shampoo itself seems thicker than other varieties in the range, and has a lovely smell. It's thick, creamy, and a sort of off white/yellow colour. It spreads evenly, doesn't foam excessively, and as it is rinsed out you can feel the difference already. Already under the water it feels well, stronger!

      It's evident as you go to dry your hair, it feels stronger, thicker, more lustrous and soft than you can imagine! The smell of the honey clings to your hair all day, half the time cancelling out my perfume!

      Overall it's a really lovely product, especially combined with the conditioner. All that really put me off was the nearly £4 price tag and that it doesn't quite match up to all expectations in terms of the condition you expect it to restore your hair to. But hey, you bought this shampoo because you have damaged hair. So what can you really expect?

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      27.08.2013 19:39

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      Stick with a proper BBQ, even a little portable one would be better

      Honestly, seeing other reviews on here of this product, I'm glad I'm not the only one who struggled with this bbq!

      I bought a couple of these just for a little back garden afternoon, thankfully just for a handful of people, and found it an absolute nightmare to use. I didn't even bother trying to light the coals through the mesh stuff they refer to as a *grill*, instead I lit it and then placed the plate back on top. It took forever to really get going, and even then you had to keep the coals constantly in motion, which there were barely enough of to line the tray. Hardly whacked out any heat.

      With the second one I fiddled about with it a bit more, threw some firelighters and stuff on it too trying to make it disperse the heat a bit better. I think overall I managed to cook one sausage on this, and poorly. The rest went in the oven. Strongly suggest avoiding this product.

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      27.08.2013 19:33
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      One of the best things I have ever bought

      I don't think when people get startled by the price tag that comes with this item, they really realise the versatility of this wonderful machine. It is on the bulky side, in width rather than height, and does take a little accommodating in the kitchen, but even for those who don't normally fry, it's worth the effort and every single penny.

      The acti-fry is dead easy to use, though does come with a handy list of instructions! You set the weight of your produce, which then determines the time, and away you go. It'll do anything from crisps, to stir frys, to frying meat, right the way to doing traditional fish and chips. All with the reduced fat content. It keeps food lovely and crisp, but more importantly, healthy.

      The only issue I've had with my machine is the *beep* when it finishes the time it is set for isn't quite loud enough for me to hear from the other side of my kitchen. It doesn't automatically switch off, which can be a problem. It may just be me, or my machine. But other than that it's a real kitchen staple.

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        27.08.2013 19:23

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        Wouldn't purchase again

        The bottle itself is delightful, Dot is a rounded bottle with a large ornamental ladybird/butterfly top. It's bulky and takes pride and place on the dresser, this isn't something you can just throw in your handbag! It retails at a fairly average £46.99 when I purchased it last, which I found relatively reasonable. I tried, tested, and purchased all within the hour.

        I got it home, and it really does smell lovely. It's citrusy and musky, like an exotic novelty. However, it may just be me, but I find after a couple of hours, I just can't smell it anymore. It doesn't cling to me at all, not in the way I'd expect a perfume of this standing to linger for at least several hours.

        It really is lovely, and that was my only disappointment with it. I don't want to stand and reapply perfume, no matter how nice it is, every few hours. Sadly won't be purchasing this again.

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        27.08.2013 19:16

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        Smooth soft legs

        I've always struggled finding something that will make my sensitive skin, well, for lack of a better term, shut up. Normal razors don't do it for me, conventional electric shavers leave me with itchy lumps and bumps, so I thought I'd give this epilator/shaver a try.

        I set out knowing it wouldn't be painless, and believe me, it isn't! You're quickly informed in the instructions you get 40 minutes run time, which you'll need first time round! Other than that, I'll admit I ignored the instructions... It basically rips the hair out from the skin, giving you a really smooth and soft finish. It took me a while, and a little bit of yelping, but I was left with really smooth and soft legs free of bumps and itching. It lasted for a few days too, my new hair less stubble and more soft.

        I finally have found something that works, sure the ripping hair out of my flesh part isn't ideal to do a couple of times a week, but it leaves me with soft, smooth legs with minimal irritation. Really worth trying if you find it hard to get on with other shaving products.

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        27.08.2013 19:09

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        Just excellent

        I bought this as a secondary hairdryer to use when staying at my partners place, and was delighted with this product. At first I was apprehensive, it seemed too much of a bargain! But then again ... why would Boots put their name to an inferior product? So I took the plunge.

        At first, I had to return it within twenty four hours as it had missing parts, but after that I happily set down to try it after my shower.

        It's got a really sleek, black finish and is incredibly lightweight. It doesn't feel like a cheap hairdryer, it still has all the appropriate functions, three speed and heat settings as well as a cool button. It's also a very compact design, making it easily portable.

        Really love this product! It's perfect for what I require it for. It may not be as powerful as other hairdryers, but was defiantly worth every penny and more.

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        04.03.2013 16:53

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        Just don't buy it.

        It seemed like such a good idea in theory. The soap/gel on the ends of the razor smells delicious even as you get it out of the packaging. It's got multiple blades, soothing elements... And it smells lovely! And you get two refill blades! Oh this is going to be the most perfect razor in the world and it's going to make shaving so much nicer and I'll look forward to long baths and-

        Wrong.

        I can't even begin to express my sheer hate of this product. I really can't.

        Firstly, the bars of soap on the end make it stupidly difficult to use until they've worn away. While you're attempting to use it first time round, you are covered with that sticky, jelly mess which gets into those inevitable shaving cuts. Once the gel stuff has dissolved and worn away (you've picked it off in frustration with your fingers) the hard plastic where it was scratches at the skin, easily irritating it.

        Honestly don't waste your money. Stick to a nice razor and some shaving gel.

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        04.03.2013 16:45
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        Wouldn't recommend

        I feel like a right blueberry. Suckered in by the antioxidant promises, I hoped that this would tackle the colouring damage I had caused to my hair a few weeks before. It's pretty much the same as all the other shampoos and conditioners in this range, apart from the contents being a luscious pale blue. It works the same as most conditioners, use after shampoo, apply tip upwards, rinse after a few minutes, and await the results!

        As I squeezed a dollop into my hand, I have to admit I was put off by the smell. Unlike other conditioners by this brand, it smells rather chemically, not much like blueberries at all! The texture of it is also quite runny, but this actually makes it far easier to work into the hair.

        I could feel the difference the second I started to rinse. My hair literally glided through my hands as I rinsed out the conditioner and I couldn't wait to dry it.

        It was easy to comb through, easy to dry, though the chemical smell did linger on my hair and get a bit stronger as I did so.

        I was a tad disappointed by the results, I think I got my hopes up a bit. My hair didn't look a great deal different, thought it did feel softer. It did a good job. I just didn't get the glossy, damage free result I thought I might.

        Can't say I'll use it again or recommend it. It's cheap smelling, quite artificial, and doesn't live up to expectations.

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        04.03.2013 16:33

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        Would recommend to those working on the go

        I bought this as a bit of an impulse buy, already owing a macbook pro and an iPhone 4S, I was looking for something smaller, more lightweight and portable than my laptop, yet still a decent size to work on. And the iPad mini fits the bill almost perfectly. At 16GB it's more than enough to deal with everything I need it for. It's dead easy to set up, you literally plug in, state your country and apple ID and you're good to go!

        You get virtually everything you need built into it, even a few of the macbook novelties like photo booth. While it's a bit awkward initially to type on applications such as pages, it's something you quickly adapt to. In addition to the basic piece of kit, I bought a couple of add ons, including the cover and stylus, which really do add to the experience.

        I primarily planned to use mine for work job lists, documents and photo editing. All of which it does beautifully. It's versatile and portable, with a good enough quality of image to make it possible to edit photos on the go with expert precision without the need for a proper computer. I've also found quite quickly, that it's not just intended for work use... Already I've ended up with a multitude of games with striking graphics! It's just so easy to use for anything.

        Now that I've had it a couple of months I can comment on a couple of the faults with it. The wifi, as I've read is often the case with the iPad mini, is pretty dire at times. It goes from being fast as lightening, to dropping out almost completely. I'm not saying this is a problem with ALL iPad mini's, but it's an issue I have and have hear others have.

        The battery life too is a bit naff to say the least, I admit I do use mine frequently, but my phone has been known to last longer than the iPad! But this isn't too much of an issue.

        Overall a really good and useful purchase.

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        04.03.2013 16:19

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        Wonderful film.

        The book adaptation surpassed my expectations in every way possible. Initially I was apprehensive, how could it be possible to convey the unreliable narrator of Charlie? The grit of the issues and concepts of the book?

        For those who haven't read the book/heard of the film, the story revolves around protagonist Charlie, who's recently left a mental hospital after a breakdown shortly after his best friend's suicide. It's his first day of high school, and he's apprehensive about making new friends. He however, quickly bonds with a group, all whilst writing letters to 'Friend' about his antics. It's a typical coming of age story exploring issues such as domestic abuse, drug use, and growing up.

        The audience, thanks to an excellent performance by Lerman, instantly forms a bond with Charlie, sharing his highs and lows throughout the school year. You can really empathise with him as a character, and even though he becomes involved and 'participates', as Sam tells him later in the film, 'You can't just put everyones lives ahead of yours and call that love', he still seems to be on the outside looking in.

        It has excellent character development and countless subplots, though no character develops more greatly than Charlie himself. He goes from caterpillar to butterfly, this truly being highlighted when he defends Patrick in the cafeteria. Charlie goes from being withdrawn and lifeless, to a young man blossoming before the audiences eyes.

        I have nothing negative to say about this film, other than the way they conveyed his aunt Helen's abuse of him. I felt it was very sudden, and abruptly revealed, rather than drip fed to the audience throughout. As a result, feels a tad sudden and out of the blue.

        Would really really strongly recommend.

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      • Dark Shadows (DVD) / DVD / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        04.03.2013 15:59
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        It's worth a watch. Maybe a rental. But not to buy.

        Let me begin by saying I LOVE Tim Burton films. He has never produced a single thing I've honestly hated... Until now. Forget burning down the town at the end of the film. They should have burned down the house with the Collins' still in it, and left Barnabas underground.

        The story follows the awakening of Barnabas Collins, who sets about trying to restore his family business and fortunes alongside his quirky little modern day family. He's been absent from the world for nearly two hundred years ... So surely this should be hilarious, right? Wrong. I don't even really know what genre this is supposed to be, it's some sort of bizarre attempt at comedy, supernatural, coming of age mass of silly string. It centres around one storyline, that despite being of minimal interest, overshadows all the subplots that could have been of far greater interest, such as Victoria's abilities or her connection with Barnabas.

        I think what butchers this film is a real lack of character development, with the possible exception of the daughter seemingly deciding to become a werewolf at the end of the film. Other than that, every character pretty much remains at a standstill. The backstory with Barnabas/Angelique isn't explored as throughly as could be, nor his relationship with Victoria. The focus however, is primarily on Barnabas, leaving little room for the rest of the cast, who just seem to happily swan along with his plans.

        Barnabas himself conforms to every vampire stereotype, there's nothing new or novel to him. I'm not saying I want him to be Edward Cullen, struggling with the beast within or anything, but he falls flat.

        The plot itself hardly holds the viewer in a vice like grip, it's possible to fall asleep for twenty minutes, wake up, and to not have missed anything significant! By the end of the film, obviously, Barnabas is a roaring success story and has disposed of the villain Angelique.

        It's quirky, quite fun in a childish like way, scenes such as Barnabas' confusion over Alice Copper providing a little bit of entertainment. But other than that, it's a poor attempt at a comedy that falls flat on it's face.

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      • The Woman in Black (DVD) / DVD / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        04.03.2013 15:41
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        Good film. But not for youngsters.

        *Forewarning that this review does contain significant spoilers for the overall film*

        All I can say about this film, is that it will leave you with a fear of looking in windows for several hours after! It's deep, chilling and has some real jumpy moments, unlike other recent horror films.

        The narrative centres around Radcliffe's character, haunted by the passing of his wife, who upon going away for work encounters the spirit. He sets out, gallantly, to solve the mystery and lay her spirit to rest. It also follows the common theme of mother and child and the bond between them.

        The scenery is beautiful and atmospheric, all the foggy and dark elements of traditional horror films bought back into light. Being set a considerable number of years ago, the lack of technology and modern appliances makes the film even more unsettling, stripped of glossy gadgets and left totally alone in the dark. Somehow, it manages to be, THAT film about the haunted house on the little foggy island and not be cliche at all!

        The actual fright factor for this film is pretty intense, you jump in all the right places, haunting little background noises sending goosebumps up your arms ... halfway through the film you realise the formula. When it all goes quiet. You know it's going to happen ... And you still jump anyway! This film really plays with all the senses, from sight, to sound to temperature (I'm convinced the cinema was getting colder in the creepier parts!)

        All the characters in this film have a wonderful depth to them, in particular, the woman in black herself. The speechless character develops at a steady pace throughout the film, and by the end shows herself not to be the heartless and terrifying creature the audience believe her to be when she 'murders' father and son in order for them to be with his late wife. It's a beautiful ending, poetic in a sense.

        The only issues I have with this film are that of the rating, and the choice of Radcliffe as the protagonist. While he did a fantastic job conveying the widower, in my eyes it was hard to believe him to be a man of greater years. However, more concerningly, I would not condone the rating given to the feature, as I am sure others will agree. This film really isn't suitable for anyone at the age, or under the age of 12. I fail to see how this was allowed to slip by at a 12A. It's jumpy, full of haunting faces and expressions and concepts.

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          16.01.2013 17:30
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          Cute, fun and quirky!

          I was bought this as a gift, somehow the younger me thought it was a fantastic gift idea to put on my birthday list, and while I'm partially too ashamed to leave it out on the worktop ... I must admit it's a really good appliance!

          It's essentially a basic sandwich toaster in pretty packaging, hello kitty's face slapped on the plastic white exterior. Beneath the quirky casing are the non stick metal plates capable of making two rounds at a time. The hinges are surprisingly sturdy, not the flimsy things I expected! My one, tiny gripe, is that the plates can't be removed.

          My first challenge was wanting to give it a wipe down before using it, the only way I could manage to do this was with a damp cloth, whereas with previous toasters I have always removed the plates fully and washed in the sink throughly. After this, I was prepared to use it. I waited the set time for the light to come on.

          The toasties actually took about six minutes to toast evenly. And I overloaded them with cheese. Another issue with this product is it doesn't have anywhere for the excess filling for those *accidents* to run to ... other than the back by the hinges. And all over the worktop. They cooked beautifully, but I spent my meal concerned about cleaning the appliance AFTER use.

          The back of it is incredibly greasy, it's difficult to clean and any burnt on cheese and whatnot is difficult to remove without scratching the plates. I'm yet to find a way to clean it to my satisfaction besides the good old wipe down. But besides being tricky to clean, it's a cute, functional product. And who doesn't secretly want Hello Kitty in their kitchen?

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        • Oscillating Halogen Heater / Heater / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          16.01.2013 17:13
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          Would strongly recommend purchasing

          I bought this heater a couple of years ago with the intention of occasional use in my shed when I was out there in the winter. However, this nifty, compact and portable heater quickly made it inside and ended up being dragged from room to room!

          It's an average size, though admittedly not the most attractive gadget, it's a two tone grey, with wire meshing protecting the three halogen bars. You have a base, and three varying heat settings, the highest and most useful being the 1200 setting.

          It's more economical than the traditional alternative of a smaller fan heater. It also fully oscillates, providing even heat distribution. It worked wonderfully in my living room, shed, though I did initially struggle when moving it into the bedroom. At first I was convinced I'd broken it with all my carting it about. But I quickly discovered after moving it back again that this product does have issues functioning on carpet, there's a small, what I presume is a safety feature, button on the bottom of the base that means it doesn't work easily on surfaces that aren't flat.

          Overall I'm really impressed with this, it's excellent value for money, really takes the edge off cold winters days and heats rooms effectively. I must admit I don't use the lower heat settings, but I presume they would work just fine on less cold days. It's virtually silent, the rotating feature creating the faintest hum, and provides a lovely warm glow. Would strongly recommend.

          My only concern is in the future, were one of the bulbs in it to blow, they do not appear to be easily replaceable, meaning you'd be investing in another one as soon as this one eventually broke.

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